It’s Not About Your IQ It's Your I CAN

From the Amplified Minds' Circle of Knowledge podcast episode #2-Blue Fishing, Steve Sims, Matt Fritzsche, Brian Hubbard, and Jon Kovach Jr talk about your will to take action through your I CAN mentality. Brian introduces the art of making things happen with a statement from the book, "it's not about your IQ, it's your I CAN."

It’s Not About Your IQ, It's Your I CAN

Far too many people fear that they cannot achieve certain goals because they lack the knowledge, resources, background, and skills necessary. Steve Sims, author of the book, “Blue Fishing,” and the Amplified Minds’ team believe that if you have the will to do anything and take massive action towards those goals, you can and will attain them.

The Circle of Knowledge Podcast is brought to you by amplified minds helping entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and dreamers take their business ideas and goals to the next level. This podcast features best-selling industry resources and the professional panel discussion by the core team at Amplified Minds. Now here are their discussions. (Matt) Hey everyone, this is Matt Fritsche with the Circle of Knowledge. We're glad to have you. Joining me is Jon Kovach, Jr. and Brian Hubbard. Today I'm going to be your host and because I'm going to be your host, I'm going to give you a quick fact about me. I'm secretly in love with a couple of 90s girl bands. I love Evanescence and I love the cranberries. (Jon) Wow. That dates us. That's awesome. (Brian) If you guys don't know those bands, you should check them out because it's what we grew up with. And I secretly knew that Matt was gonna say that at least one of them. I didn't know about the cranberries one. (Matt) We just made some money for sharing those bands. So guys, today, Brian is going to be contributing to our Circle of Knowledge by sharing something he came across while reading the book, Blue Fishing, by Steve Sims. (Brian) Yeah, so this book, Blue Fishing, is all about the art of making things happen. And if you guys have heard from me, you know that this is a huge thing that I believe in, which is making things happen. And anyway, the point that I want to talk about today is simply that it's not about your IQ–it's about your I CAN. It's not about your IQ–it's about your I can. I think that's a very big thing that we talk about a lot in our offices. Within this podcast, what does that mean to you guys? What in the world does it mean that it's not about your IQ–it's about your I can? (Matt) I would dare say that we run into too many people who think that it takes a perfect amount of knowledge in order to accomplish something, especially when it comes to success. All those people out there, whether they go to college or don't go to college or however they get their source of education–know that it's more important to start somewhere than to have to know every single detail about your business or your business plan. Just start. Commit first and figure it out later. There's another Grant Cardone reference. Yes. Boy, we must listen to him. Jon, what do you think? (Jon) Well, what I love about this concept is that the three of us each have individual stories of our upbringings and of how we are here at this moment. What we're doing because of what we've experienced in our lives– most of it has to tracks back to none of us being smartest people in the room. It's that we had the will to win. We all did something in order to make us a little bit different than everyone else. And I think that's really cool because it isn't about how smart you are. It doesn't matter how many resources you have. In fact, I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in communications. However, I give myself credit as a student and Bachelor's degree recipient and continuing student of Google University, because (I wish Google would pay me to say that) I know how to Google. I know how to research. I know how to look things up. I know how to make things work for me off-the-cuff as fast as I can get them because that's what helps me be a lifelong learner. That's the concept we should continue to look at. But it doesn't matter how smart I am. It just matters how much will I have in myself and the game to go and win. (Matt) So I have a question. I feel like we're gonna get some people who still would take a look at this and say, "does that really apply to me, though?" I feel like I do need to know more than I currently do in order to do x,y, and z. What kind of message can we tell our audience who feels like they have to know everything before they ever mentioned to venture into, let's say, starting a business? (Brian) I have a perfect one for that. And actually, I was just telling you guys about this just literally right before this podcast, and it's a little story about stocks and bonds. I was just out to dinner with a very, very well-known person who knows so much about stocks. I mean, he can talk your ear off about deep, in-depth stock analyses. If you guys know anything about that, it is so complex and where in the world you start. Long story short, we're about 20 minutes into this conversation. I mean, he knows everything. I'm able to hold my own a little bit. But there are some things that I'm just like, you know what, man? I'd actually don't know that. But let's continue with this conversation. And I get to the point about 20 minutes in and I say, okay, you know more than anybody I have ever met with and with anybody that knows stock market stuff. And I say what do you do with this? I mean, where's your money? And he goes, "Actually, I know a lot of theory behind it. I know a lot about it but I actually don't do anything right there." It's not that I lost respect for him. But it's the fact that I know even though that he has more knowledge than I might ever have about stocks, he will never make a penny, period. He will never make a penny off of the stock market. Yeah, he might not ever lose one because I know for the people that are out there thinking about stocks, it's risky, he will never earn one and he will never lose one. Stagnant me is very, you know, average. I don't think anybody that's listening to this right now wants to be average, in the middle, or simple. We want to be extravagant. We want to be more. Even though I participate in the Stock Market, I might lose some. But I might gain some. You will never ever get to where you want to be unless you take that chance. I mean, unless you're doing something different, you will always be like everybody else. (Matt) I love it. I wish I could give credit where credit is due on the exact book that I was reading. Obviously, I read a lot of books and they start to jumble together. But I was reading a book the other day that was talking exactly about this. You may have an individual who studies a lot. They may go to a University and they might be getting their MBA, but they're sitting on the sideline afterward going back to a normal nine-to-five job constantly wondering when is it going to be my opportunity to start a business. Although he's very well educated and spends a lot of money, probably went into debt, which is one of the nation's greatest problems, in order to achieve that, in order to get that MBA, this book talks about how they would put up all odds, all bets for the individual who doesn't go to college and fails more than anyone else. And it's the kind of the concept of it's okay to fail. If you're going to fail, fail fast, and fail big, because you are going to fail, right? But, this individual would put all of his best place all of his bets on who would succeed on the individual who failed more. Even the guy who didn't go to college than he ever was the guy who spent all that money getting into debt and has an MBA and is now working a nine-to-five job. if you are, by the way, that's not an offensive thing. But the point of it is, is don't be afraid to act. Just act fast. Act now. Don't be afraid to fail because you don't know as much as you need to know. If you fail fast, fail hard, and you're gonna learn a lot more through those experiences than any individual who gains all the knowledge in the world and never takes action. (Jon) I would dare to also say that the as you act and as you take on that challenge of action, you develop an IQ of action. You develop some sort of level of expertise in the failure category and the what-I-need-to-do-to-fix-things mentality. So if you fail once, if you failed multiple times in your life, you hopefully have learned from that and have moved beyond that. I think that's just one of the key messages for the audience to build your IQ and your resume of failures so that you can quickly get to your successes and your achievements. (Matt) I love that. I believe that knowledge is exponential. Mr. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. He is also famous for saying, "I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work." He put in so much effort to generate one light bulb, right? But since that light bulb, look at how far that even just a light bulb has come, okay. But it took somebody taking that much massive amount of actions to develop one thing, which now has turned into so much more, right? And the idea behind where I'm coming from, I guess, is the knowledge is exponential. It may take you a lot of tries to succeed, especially if you didn't have the previous knowledge, right? But what you know from there on after is so much greater than anyone else can imagine, because you've gone out and you've taken the action and you've learned firsthand not just from what a teacher is going to tell you. (Brian) Yeah, so actually, one thing that I want to touch on is for the people that are listening. I want you to think about the people that you look up to right now that you admire. I can guarantee you, I know that the people that you think have a lot of knowledge, you might look up to them a little bit. But for the people that you want to be like and the people that you admire the most, they have done something and they have gotten somewhere that you want to be. You do not get somewhere without doing something. That's impossible. Just by knowing you can't get anywhere–you have to act upon it. That's the whole saying that a lot of people use, "knowledge is power." We would argue that it's not power you have but that it's only potential power. You have to act upon that knowledge, otherwise, it's worthless. I mean, you could be the smartest person in the world but if you don't do anything, it's all going to die with you. You have to do something about it. You have to share it. You have to utilize it. (Matt) I love it. So what can we give to leave with these guys? (Jon) I would ask and challenge our listeners to think of that one thing that they're going to do this next week or over the next court over the course of the next couple weeks to take action. And what exactly is that one thing that you're going to do to act? Take Brian's advice. Look at someone you look up to and focus on one thing at a time. (Matt) I would agree. I would definitely agree. And I would maybe add one more little aspect to that. Do the one thing that you've been holding back on. Do the one thing that you've been holding back on that you feel like you're not quite qualified for. Get out and just do it. What do you think? Is that ok? (Jon) I love that addition. I love that because it's, it's challenging what you're comfortable with adding something you're scared of doing something that you've never done before. (Brian) And that's that's the point of it. And that was actually the point of the book that we're talking about right now is the art of making things happen. Not talking about them, not thinking about them making it happen. That's what this book is all about. (Matt) I love it. Okay, guys, Brian is actually gonna sing us a song to close. (Brian) I don't know what to do. I was put on the spot. (Matt) Thanks for listening in on the Circle of Knowledge. Until next time, Matt, Brian, and Jon. Bumper message: Hey, this is Jon with Amplified Minds. Thank you so much for listening to the Circle of Knowledge podcast. If you really like our podcast, go ahead and give us a five-star review. Leave us a comment, subscribe to our channel, or just let us know in some short way. We'd really appreciate it. In fact, if you do we will give you a personal shout-out at the end of each that week's episode, just like this: I'd like to personally thank JGD08 for the five-star review and beautiful comment on Apple podcast. Thank you so much. I'd also like to thank Argent Million and Runima Kumari Panda for their comments as well as their applause on Anchor and other platforms. Again, if you'd like to learn more about our company, Amplified Minds, go to or to learn more about Circle of Knowledge go to Thank you.

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